Peter Jackson in Negotiations to Direct ‘The Hobbit’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:29 pm,

Goblins and Wargs beware: Peter Jackson is reportedly heading back to Middle-earth to direct The Hobbit.

Jackson is currently in negotiations with Warner Bros, MGM, and New Line to step in as Guillermo del Toro’s replacement for the film. If the negotiations work out, it would be a dream come true for Lord of the Rings fans who have been clamoring for the Academy Award-winning director to pick up the reins of his beloved franchise again.

The fact that Jackson has reportedly agreed to take over as director of The Hobbit is not a total surprise. Previously, we reported that Jackson was willing to take on the role, but only if he could fit it around other contractual obligations. Furthermore, during the search for a replacement director, it became apparent that Warner Bros and MGM were not going to commit to another director – unless they were absolutely certain Jackson wouldn’t take on the role.

Of course, it isn’t a done deal yet. According to a Deadline source, there are a few remaining issues that need to be worked out.

“While Jackson’s camp has been tight-lipped, I’m told that the case is being made to MGM’s owners to loosen the purse strings and make the movies happen. The impetus for these talks is that Jackson will be the director of both of The Hobbit films, which will be shot back-to-back in his New Zealand backyard.”

Personally, I’m very hopeful that the negotiations come through and Jackson does end up directing The Hobbit. After spending years working on The Lord of the Rings, I can understand why he might be hesitant to commit fully to the project, but there really isn’t anyone better equipped to handle the film.

Consider some of the alternatives that were floated among fans: Alfonso Cuarón would have undoubtedly made an excellent director (as Screen Rant’s own Kofi Outlaw suggested) as would have Jackson’s protegé Neill Blomkamp (though that turned out to be nothing more than rumor).

Is there really anybody out there with as much experience managing a massive-scale, multi-year production like Jackson? For a movie that has already seen so much behind-the-scenes drama, it is important to have a director with the ability to take decisive control of the production. I think Jackson is the guy that can do that.

I suspect there will be some fans who are frustrated that someone else didn’t get the opportunity to imprint their own vision on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tale, but I don’t prescribe to the belief that just because Jackson made The Lord of the Rings he won’t do anything new with The Hobbit. As a producer, he had been working closely with Guillermo del Toro before he decided to leave the film. Surely, their discussions will influence Jackson’s interpretation of the story. What’s more, it’s been seven years since Return of the King was released. I seriously doubt that Jackson is the exact same guy he was back then.

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The Lord of the Rings trilogy was a watershed moment for fantasy film. Not only were all of the movies critically acclaimed, but they were also massive box office successes, elevating Jackson to God-like status in Hollywood.

While his involvement on The Hobbit as a producer was exciting, the fact that he may now also be directing the film is a win for everyone involved – especially fans.

As the negotiations continue, we’ll stay on top of all the news here at Screen Rant. In the meantime, what do you think of the news that Peter Jackson might be on the cusp of directing The Hobbit?

Source: Deadline

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  1. I really really really hope this comes to fruition. MGM needs to pull their heads out of their asses before they lose the whole project or lose all the actually talented people associated with it at this point. They already lost one talent. If they keep it up they could lose it all. And knowing Hollywood they would try to go ahead and make the movie anyways and totally screw it up!

  2. Awesome news…I hope it happens.

  3. I was never thrilled at the idea of Del Toro doing the film I liked the Hellboy films but nothing else he’s done hated Pans Lab. I think it was dumb to even attempt the film with out Jackson anyway franchises usually go to hell when you change directors.

    • neither was i daniel, i felt that the creatures would be more “del toro-like” than middle earth. as far as Blomy goes, thats a no brainer, we’d have ended up with prawn creatures. jackson is the only director capab;e, he knows the works, he did a great job handling the lotr films.

    • Hated Pans Lab. I can’t think of an opinion I would trust less in terms of who should direct the Hobbit than one from somebody who hated Pans Labyrinth. Just sayin.

      • Meh I can’t think of an opinion I care less about in general have fun

  4. I am ecstatic and extremely hopeful that Peter Jackson directs The Hobbit. MGM just needs to step up. If the two Hobbit films do as well as LOTR it would be the boost that the studio needs. And while they are at it they can find a way to make the next James Bond film happen.

  5. He looked a lot happier as a big guy.

  6. I am hopeful. But I am not taking it to the bank. Whatever obligations he has to other projects, those studios aren’t exactly gonna let him just walk out of contracts.

    Look at Brian Singer and X-Men First Class. I think I will wait to be excited when it’s official.

    Also, Anthony, while I agree that Del Toro’s style is markedly different than Jackson’s, the two collaborated on this thing for over a year already. I am pretty sure that Jackson had input. And I hope we get to see Del Toro’s vision for Smaug.

      • I understand what you are saying, but I would say that it is less of an issue about dedication and more of an issue of time. Obviously Jackson wants this made, but in point of fact, the dude WASN’T as dedicated to the project because he had opted not to direct. The project just became so much more intensive than originally anticipated because of MGM’s delays. It was not like everything went smoothly and he decided it was too much to handle.

        Obviously, Jackson has become more dedicated to it after working as a writer and producer, and now he seems to want to direct it. He is an excellent choice, and if anyone should do it, it’s him. But GMT shouldn’t get any hate for not being dedicated. As he said, it was “the hardest decision of his life” to leave The Hobbit.

        • dedication is time, my friend



    • Domestic box-office gross =/= film quality

      CAPS LOCK =/= coolness or maturity

  9. This is good news even though it’s yet to be confirmed Peter Jackson I think will bring us another epic addition to yet another part of middle earth he has knowlage of a similar story with LOTR this will complete the entire story from THE HOBBIT all the way through RETURN OF THE KING I think he will bring the fans another great and unforgettable story bring on the jaw dropping incredible vision and CGI effects Pete that will have us all talking for weeks on end wen THE HOBBIT is released ^_^

    • i said pretty much the same thing on another post elsewhere on this site….

  10. That’s the news I like to hear!

  11. he’s beenn skinny for awhile now, yes, this project needs him:)

  12. Am I the only one not happy about this???

      • My issue is this, Peter Jackson has made 3 great films in his time, Fellowship, Two Towers and The Frighteners.

        I despise almost every moment of Return Of The King, the constant wrenching at your heart strings, the truly shocking acting, awfully choreographed battle sequences, over the top CGI that just bumps you right out of the movie, bad editing, and an unwillingness to stick to the story unlike the previous two installments.

        As a film maker he deserves a lot of respect, but I was ultimately hoping for a different vision of middle earth, a more wonderous and magical place that Del Toro would have brought to proceedings.

  13. This is weird.

    One the one hand, I’m absolutely delighted that the director of the excellent Lord of the Rings trilogy will be bringing us The Hobbit, and I’m confident that he’ll pull off something close of Guillermo del Toro’s vision, since we know he not only approves of del Toro’s designs, but he actually worked closely on them with him. And he’s a proven success at directing big-budget blockbusters, so perhaps that will make the whole Hobbit project a bit more appealing to potential buyers.

    On the other hand, I still haven’t quite gotten over the devastation of del Toro’s departure, and I’m also disappointed that we won’t get to see a truly fresh take on Middle-earth from the likes of Blomkamp or Cuarón.

    Overall though, this is still great news. I hope del Toro signs on as a producer; that would ease the pain just a little bit more.

  14. Your not happy that PJ may take the hobbit reigns? are kidding me he is what made LOTR what it was why not?

  15. having handpicked del toro to direct, it must have been devastating to jackson as well, but im glad that jackson is close to getting a deal done to take this on

  16. PJ should be the only one to direct it, period.

  17. If I could, I’d buy tickets now…lol

    Seriously though, I thought it was crazy that anyone else should direct the Hobbit. He’s the perfect choice, because the middle earth we know is the one that was brought to life through his vision. Another director’s style could be visually very jarring.

  18. Best news I’ve had all week! This would be great! I’m not a fan of Del Toro so when he left the project my fingers were crossed for a Jackson return!

  19. I have a nickname for Peter Jackson, The Great Adapter, all he seems to do is adapt peoples books. I’m not trying to take anything away from the astounding acheivement of LOTR, but all the characters, the story and to a huge degree the descriptions are all in the books, to say the only person capable of bringing these films to life is Jackson is a little silly.

    • Ok, that wasnt easy to read or understand, but I think I picked up on one part, you’re saying its not all about CGI yes? Did you perchance see Return Of The King? A CGI fest if ever there was one, and as for the heart in that movie, it was rammed down the audiences throat with slow motion speaking, bad acting and multiple endings.

  20. This Sam Beckett guy needs serious help or something. How can you say that the Return of the King was poorly edited and awfully choreographed battle sequences and not sticking to the story? Man, what audacity to say that! You got some really ‘gut wrenching’ pride goin on there bro, loosen up and face the facts: no matter how anti-the return of the king you are, it was the best movie of the trilogy and the best movie of 2003 (and in my case the best movie ever made). Get a life.

    • Wow, dude calm down it was just his opinion. I’m with others sayin it was a great movie, but he didn’t. Nobody’s wrong.

      • Okay, I’m sorry for being a little hyper, just love the PJ franchise that all.

    • Whoops, I thought this was a website for voicing opinions. Clearly, my mistake.

      • Of course it’s a mistake, on your part. You said that the editing was poor, dude. As much as that’s a so-called opinion, you know that thats bull.

        • No, that’s once again his opinion. It’s not “bull”. He could easily say that you thinking the editing was good is “bull” too, just sayin.

          • Okay okay, you win guys. I respect your opinions now, but let’s face the obvious, the movie was good :-)

  21. This is good news. PJ should have been the director from the get go.

  22. I think I agree with Rogue not sure though because I can only guess what your saying since it’s almost unreadable with numbers in the center of words.

    • ive always stated that jackson should be and no one else should even be considered for the directors chair on these films.

  23. Ian McKellen is going to die before they ever make this movie.